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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys in good spirits heading into huge matchup vs. Baylor

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — Who would have thought after Oklahoma State lost to West Virginia that we'd be talking about the Cowboys and Baylor squaring off to be the Big 12 championship frontrunner? But that's exactly where we are after OSU smacked Texas on Saturday.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 16, 2013

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Other differences in the Cowboys from Morgantown to Austin have to do with continuing to work and improve. The offensive line, for example, got abused by West Virginia. Blitzes and stunts and shifts had it scrambling.

It wasn't long after that Joe Wickline found a mix that seemed to work, and slowly but surely, the offensive line meshed.

Saturday against a Texas defensive front that is formidable, the OSU offensive line allowed no sacks and even more impressive, no quarterback hurries.

The Cowboys, even without their best player Josh Stewart, made beating the Longhorns look easy.

No way anyone thought they would be capable of that in the days after that loss to the Mountaineers.

“Morgantown was a wakeup call,” Cowboy receiver Charlie Moore said. “We knew that's not who we were.”

And while everyone else was giving them up for dead, the Cowboys were focusing on what they needed to do that day. What film they needed to watch. What game plan they needed to learn. What kind of effort they needed to give.

The coaches were smart to pound that approach, and the players were mature enough to buy in.

Now, six wins later, the Cowboys control their destiny. Go home to Stillwater, win these next two games, and they will raise another Big 12 banner.

“Couldn't draw it up any better,” Moore said.

The Cowboys were in good spirits Saturday night, but win out and nothing will feel better than that.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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